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Location India, Rajasthan
Central coordinates 73o 12.00' East  24o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 300 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Sei Dam, on the River Sei, forms a large water reservoir used mainly for irrigation by the local tribal population. The reservoir serves as an important wintering ground for migratory birds. At the peak period of migration, congregations of more than 10,000 birds can be seen at the site. Moreover, the site falls in the belt of Gogunda-Pindwara Forests, which were once considered important breeding ground for the avifauna (Satish K. Sharma pers. comm. 2003). Due to human activities, this belt is quite disturbed, leaving only fragmented patches of natural forest. Seri Dam is around 90 km by road from Udaipur City on the Udaipur-Pindwara Road. Important flora around the Sei waterbody consists of Anogeissus latifolia, Boswellia serrata, Phoenix sylvestris, Sterculia urens, Mangifera indica, Syzygium heynianum, Butea monosperma, Ficus bengalensis and Vitex negundo.

Key Biodiversity 

AVIFAUNA: The site harbours around 200 birds species (Satish K. Sharma pers. comm. 2003) and lies in Biome-11. The BirdLife International (undated) has listed 59 species in Biome-11. In the forests surrounding the Sei Dam, about 30 out of these 59 species are known to occur. We have included this site as on IBA mainly because a stretch of thorn forest from Sei Dam to Anadara is important for the globally threatened White-winged Black Tit or Pied Tit Parus nuchalis and the Green Munia Amandava formosa. As the thorn forest is still present, although in degraded condition, it could be quite important for these two species. Detailed studies are urgently required. In the shallow zones of the reservoir, Sarus Crane Grus antigone is found, but it is not known how significant this site is for this species. Kulshreshtha (2002) has seen 17 waterbirds in the Sei Dam, including 25 Bar-headed Geese Anser indicus and Oriental White Ibis or Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus but none of them were in any significant numbers. Therefore, this site is identified as an IBA more for the presence of Pied Tit and Green Munia, than for its waterfowl population.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: The forest area surrounding the site harbours Leopard Panthera pardus, Hyena Hyaena hyaena, Golden Jackal Canis aureus, Sloth Bear Melursus ursinus, Four-horned Antelope, Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata, Porcupine Hystrix indica and Langur Semnopithecus entellus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-naped Tit Parus nuchalis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Green Avadavat Amandava formosa resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2003 high not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Artificial - aquatic   -
Shrubland   -
Rocky areas   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation
water management -
Notes: Irrigation

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Satish K. Sharma.


BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K. Unpublished.

Kulshreshtha, M. (2002) Important Wetlands of Rajasthan. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore. Unpublished.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sei Dam reservoir and surrounding environs. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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